Tuff Puff

Nordegg, Alberta

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This hike is perfect for those who enjoy stretching their legs on a steep climb. The best time of year to do this hike is late spring or early summer when there is still snow on the surrounding peaks. The magnificent scenery is nothing less than inspiring! From the trailhead at the unnamed creek on the west side of the highway, walk along the levee on the north (right-hand) side of the creek. In late spring, the levee supports yellow butter-and-eggs, lupins and fragrant wild sage. At the end of the levee continue along game trails that parallel the lichen-encrusted rock creek. At a rock cairn on a low, open slope, take a 90 degree turn to the right and climb uphill to intersect with a footpath. Turn left onto the footpath. If you turn to the right you reach the lower end of the Icefall Loop hike.

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"This hike is perfect for those who enjoy stretching their legs on a steep climb. The best time of year to do this hike is late spring or early summer when there is still snow on the surrounding peaks. The magnificent scenery is nothing less than inspiring!

From the trailhead at the unnamed creek on the west side of the highway, walk along the levee on the north (right-hand) side of the creek. In late spring, the levee supports yellow butter-and-eggs, lupins and fragrant wild sage. At the end of the levee continue along game trails that parallel the lichen-encrusted rock creek. At a rock cairn on a low, open slope, take a 90 degree turn to the right and climb uphill to intersect with a footpath. Turn left onto the footpath. If you turn to the right you reach the lower end of the Icefall Loop hike."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Nordegg
Distance: 9.1
Elevation Gain: 3,197 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 1 day
Local Maps: 83 C/1 Whiterabbit Creek
Driving Directions: Directions to Tuff Puff

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May 2018